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Hershey speaks out on defeat

Editor’s note: This letter from Tony Hershey was faxed to the newsroom Tuesday evening.

Dear Editor:

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”



– Theodore Roosevelt

A great President, a great American, and a great Republican, Theodore Roosevelt knew that if you did not take risks or put your neck on the line you never could accomplish anything. During the last four years I hope I have made a difference in Aspen, and in defeat I realize how special my time serving this great community was to me.




It is hard to beat the blatant bias of the Aspen Daily News, their liberal columnists, Su Lum, the sheriff, the Ireland/Richards machine, the vicious Mr. Myrin, and those who would keep this community locked in the past. But I know others will follow me who will challenge the status quo and work for change. I wish them luck.

Another great President, American and Republican said the following when he left office on August 9, 1974:

“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

– Richard Nixon

I want to thank the voters who supported me, and the entire community. I really appreciate it. Thank you to the staff of the City of Aspen, the best municipal employees in the State of Colorado. Finally, I wish Councilman Semrau and Mayor Klanderud all the best these next two years. Goodbye and God Bless.

Tony Hershey